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The 2021 Met Gala may not have taken place on the traditional first Monday in May, but the glamorous fundraiser was certainly one to remember, with Vogue touting record breaking digital engagement around the event. Vogue was simultaneously the engine behind and the primary benefactor of a massive amount of audience attention for this year’s
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Kate Mara and Adam Scott have boarded psychological thriller “Ghostwriter,” a “podcast movie” from C13Features, the feature-length podcast studio division of Audacy’s Cadence13. “Ghostwriter” is currently finalizing production plans and is scheduled to debut worldwide Dec. 6, 2021, on major podcast platforms. The project is the second scripted audio feature from C13Features studio, which is
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Regional Australian funding body Screen Queensland has set up two projects, one a feature film, one a TV series, emanating from its relationship with fan-driven literary platform Wattpad Webtoon. Both will enjoy further input from super-fans before heading into production. Writer Dominic Morris and producer Nadine Bates from Brisbane production company Like A Photon Creative have been chosen to adapt “The
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Jellysmack, a company that optimizes the distribution of creator videos and other content, has tapped Sean Atkins as president. Atkins has served as an official adviser to Jellysmack since 2019. He brings more than two decades of experience to Jellysmack after previous stints as CEO of RTL Group’s Digital Video Group, president of MTV, chief
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Clubhouse, the live audio-chat startup, has hired 15-year NPR veteran Nina Gregory as head of news and media publishers. Gregory most recently was senior editor on NPR’s arts desk, where she has overseen coverage of film, TV, art, design, fashion, food and culture. In her new role at Clubhouse, Gregory will be working with media
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Hasan Minhaj will voice Gotham’s notorious quizmaster — The Riddler — in “Batman Unburied,” a forthcoming scripted podcast from Spotify in partnership with Warner Bros. and DC. Minhaj (“Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” “The Daily Show,” “Homecoming King”) joins the cast of the superhero thriller from executive producer David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight Rises”), which
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Stars meet their biggest stans in Wondery’s new game show podcast series, “Celeb vs. Superfan,” hosted by stand-up comedian Taylor Tomlinson — in which the participants compete to see who knows more weird trivia about the celebrity featured in each episode. Amazon-owned podcast studio Wondery premieres “Celeb vs. Superfan” on Wednesday (Sept. 15) across all
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Chris Spadaccini, a former longtime marketing exec at HBO and WarnerMedia, has joined family-oriented retail and experiential startup CAMP as chief marketing officer. In the new role, Spadaccini will lead CAMP’s brand, advertising, creative, media and growth marketing strategies as the company prepares for expansion. He reports to founder and CEO Ben Kaufman. Spadaccini departed
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South Korea’s anti-trust regulator has fined Google KRW207 billion ($177 million) for blocking customization of its Android mobile phone operating system. The move is significant given the leading position of Korean firms Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics in the mobile handset, tablets and wearables markets. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said Tuesday that Google
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Influencer marketing company CreatorIQ announced that it closed a new $40 million funding round, looking to enhance tools for e-commerce and measurement of campaigns featuring internet-famous stars. The funding came from from existing investors TVC Capital, Kayne Partners Fund (the private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors), Affinity Group and Unilever Ventures (which is
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Leading French podcast production company Paradiso Media has completed a Series A round of financing to pursue its international development, build its workforce and continue producing more film and TV adaptations. Although Paradiso Media did not disclose the amount of the financing round, a source close to the company said a total of €5 million
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Credit rating giant TransUnion announced a deal to acquire Neustar, an identity resolution company — which tracks and aggregates consumers’ digital activity for marketing and anti-fraud applications — for $3.1 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. TransUnion is
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ViacomCBS unveiled its fall podcasting slate, continuing its strategy centered around extending popular franchises into audio programming. The media company, which claims downloads of its podcasts have nearly doubled year-over-year across the portfolio, is set to debut all-new podcasts from CBS, CBS News, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. The lineup includes a podcast version of “The
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As the world exits the COVID pandemic and enters the streaming era, nobody can doubt that the entertainment industry is undergoing permanent changes. Few companies, however, are preparing for it in the fashion of Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures. It is going to be less American and more youth-driven, Silverman, a former president of creative development
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